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Lucky escape for St Albans resident

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19 Jan 2018
A St Albans resident has had a lucky escape from a burning home after MFB crews were called to fight a blaze just before noon.

Several Triple Zero (000) callers reported large amounts of smoke and flames coming from the roof of a single storey brick and weatherboard home at Lambolle Court.

Initial crews from St Albans (FS41) and Taylors Lakes (FS48) Fire Stations were despatched, and arrived on scene within in seven minutes. The incident was quickly escalated to a second alarm, and a total nine MFB appliances were responded including rescue and aerial units.

Approximately 28 Firefighters battled hard, and brought the blaze under control in less than 45 minutes, however the home sustained substantial damage.

Victoria Police and Ambulance Victoria are currently on scene, and MFB’s specialist Fire Investigation unit is investigating the cause.

MFB has issued a community advice warning, as there is a large amount of smoke in the area.

Lambolle Court is closed to traffic, and the community is advised to avoid the area for their safety and to allow emergency services to respond.

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Only working Smoke Alarms save lives

  • Test smoke alarms monthly by pressing the test button.
  • Vacuum smoke alarms every 12 months to clean the vents.
  • Install a smoke alarm outside the sleeping areas on every level of a house.
  • Install an extra smoke alarm in bedrooms if people sleep with their doors closed.
  • All fire services recommend that homes be fitted with Australian Standards approved photo-electric smoke alarms.
  • All residential tenants are responsible for regularly cleaning and testing smoke alarms in their homes and to report any faults to the landlord or agent.
  • MFB recommends 10 year, tamper proof, photoelectric smoke alarms.

For more home fire safety tips, visit www.mfb.vic.gov.au/Community and download the Home Fire Safety Booklet.

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